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It's "cui bono?" in Latin. Francophones ask, "à qui profite le crime?" Whatever your linguistic leanings, the point is the same. If you're trying to figure out who committed a crime, figure out who benefits from it.
Let's apply the principle to the racially-charged Senate run-off race in Mississippi, in which the African-American Dem, Mike Espy, faces Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith. One day before today's election, two nooses are found at the state capitol.
Benefits - CNN - Joe - Johns - Answer
So . . . who benefits? CNN's Joe Johns supplied the answer on this morning's New Day:
"The President defending Hyde-Smith, and directly attacking her challenger, the Democrat Mike Espy . . . The remarks coming hours after a pair of nooses were found at the Mississippi state capitol. Espy supporters hoping to turn anger into turnout."
Nooses - Racist - Answer - Joe - Johns
To be clear: we don't know who is responsible for the nooses. It might have been a white racist. But we do know the answer to cui bono? As Joe Johns made clear, it's . . . Mike Espy.
And it is well documented that...
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